Wilderness Camp

The following is a list of our session offerings for the upcoming summer, including dates and a detailed description of each week. The grades indicated below each week refer to the grade your child has just finished.  Weeks begin on Sunday with check-in starting at 2:30pm and end with our Closing Ceremony at 4pm on Friday. Parents and families are invited to join us for the Celebration and the hot dog cook out that follows.  Pickup is by 5pm. A week of camp costs $475 unless otherwise noted.


Paths & Paddles

Grades 7-9

June 28-Jul;y 3 / August 2-7 2020

8 campers each

Paths & Paddles trips provide you with a classic and comprehensive wilderness experience and are exclusively for our middle school aged students. They are some of our most popular trips.

Campers will embark on a week long trip consisting of two days of canoeing and two days of backpacking. This is a wonderful way to experience the joys and challenges of both of these activities. They’ll paddle through winding rivers and big lakes before trading paddles and life jackets for boots and backpacks and trying their hand (or rather, foot) at hiking some of the Adirondack’s most beautiful trails. This is a great introductory trip for first time wilderness campers and it’s often the start of a life long love of adventuring in the wilderness!

Backpacking isn’t just for the boys! We thought it was about time to offer all you adventurous girls out there an opportunity to experience a backpacking trip in the mountains—so this is it! Join 7 other girls and two female guides on a 36 mile backpacking trip along the northern third of the Northville-Placid Trail. You’ll stay at some of the best campsites in all of the Adirondacks and you’ll finish the week happier, stronger, and closer with a group of gal pals! This group will cross paths with the Mountain Men group in the middle of the week, but will operate as a totally separate group.

We love all-girls Wilderness Trips because they give young women the chance to experience independence, strength, and the power of intimate community. The Mountain Women trip is an excellent way to build your wilderness skills, meet new friends, and learn just how much you are capable of!


Mountain Women

Grades 7-9 (all females)

July 5-10, 2020

8 campers

On this week long backpacking trip, you’ll find yourself on the northern third of a popular northeast thru-hiking trail: the Northville-Placid Trail. You’ll stay at some of the most beautiful campsites in the whole Adirondacks (and also some of the best swimming holes! We should mention the waterfalls!). This year, you’ll cross paths with the Mountain Women group mid week so you can exchange stories quickly right before you head on your way.

Designed for our middle school male campers, the Mountain Men trip is a great way to build relationships while also building wilderness skills. It’s an excellent opportunity for campers to bond with staff and with each other, to experience authentic adventure, and to participate in an intentional community.


Mountain Men

Grades 7-9 (all males)

July 5-10, 2020

8 campers

This is our most challenging trip, but we’ll let you in on a secret: it has the best views! You’ll spend five days backpacking and climbing mountains in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, and you’ll quickly bond with your small community of adventurers.

We believe you can learn a lot from the mountains; like the value of hard work, the importance of awe and wonder, and what it feels like to sleep hard after a long day. So break in your boots and start doing some squats, you’ve got mountains to climb! 



High Peaks

Grades 9-12

July 12-17, 2020

12 campers

Are you up for the challenge? If so, this trip is for you! We’re bringing back our Go For It trip this summer for those of you who want even more out of your wilderness trip. This two week backpacking trip is for High Schoolers who have experience backpacking and are interested in trying something challenging and different. You’ll hike the entire length of the Northville-Placid Trail (120 miles) that runs all the way from Northville to Lake Placid in 12 days, an awesome Adirondack accomplishment. You’ll bond with your group and your guides and stay in some of the most wild and beautiful areas of the Adirondacks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about this particular trip.


Go For It!

Grades 9-12

July 19-31 2020 (2 weeks!)

8 campers | $900

Fish and Float is a week long canoeing trip with a route designed specifically around fishing some of the best waters in the Adirondacks. With opportunities to fish both rivers and lakes, campers will also get a classic canoe camping experience: paddling each day to a new campsite, bonding around a campfire under the stars, and maybe even catching your dinner for the night! No fishing experience is necessary to join us for this trip. Come, see what adventures (and fish) await!


Fish & Float

Grades 7-9

July 19-24, 2020

8 campers


Adirondack Wild!

Grades 5-6

July 26-31, 2020

10 campers

This week is for our youngest wilderness campers and let us tell you: it is a total blast! Exclusively for campers coming out of fifth or sixth grade, ADK Wild is the perfect way to introduce young people to the wilderness and keep them coming back.

With a small group size and lots of time spent with our most enthusiastic and fun loving wilderness staff, you’ll spend a week playing in the mountains with a bunch of your friends! You will base out of the Wilderness Area at Camp Fowler, sleeping in log lean tos, cooking all your own food, and building tons of campfires. You’ll spend your days canoeing, exploring, learning essential wilderness skills like shelter building and and canoe rescuing, and you’ll end your week with a camping overnight before heading home to share your stories. You don’t want to miss it!

What could be better than riding the winds across beautiful Sacandaga Lake, with the mountains on the horizon and your friends by your side? We’re convinced it doesn’t get much better than that. 

No sailing experience is necessary, because we’ll teach you everything you need to know about sailing one of the sunfish sailboats we have at Camp Fowler. You’ll base out of the wilderness area where you’ll sleep in one of Fowler’s log lean tos and cook most of your own food. In between the sailing and the swimming, you might climb a mountain or paddle a canoe, because, why not? You'll also attempt to sail across the lake to camp for the night, a wonderful way to wrap up a week spent on the water!



Grades 7-12

August 9-14, 2020

10 Campers